Israel’s parliament is set to vote on a new coalition government on Sunday. If it is approved, Israel will be led by someone other than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time in more than a decade.
Netanyahu has called the new coalition the “fraud of the century” and the political transition comes at a time of heightened tensions between the Israeli military and the Palestinian group Hamas; it’s been just over two weeks since a cease-fire ended 11 days of violence.
Penn Today spoke with Middle East expert Ian Lustick to find out why this ouster is happening now and what the coalition government means for the future of Israeli politics.
Ian Lustick holds the Bess W. Heyman Chair in the Political Science Department in the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.